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The Perfect Storm



This shot was taken at the Butt of Lewis, on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, UK.
This is the result of a lonely trip made just to try to take a picture of th...
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This shot was taken at the Butt of Lewis, on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, UK.
This is the result of a lonely trip made just to try to take a picture of this location and to try to find my Soul.
I had to took two planes, a ferry boat ad to drive around 1000km.
This is what I found, this is my End of the Earth.
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Contest Finalist in End of the Earth Photo Contest
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12 Comments | Report
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 October 14, 2014
Magnificent capture! Congrats on being a finalist!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 October 14, 2014
Stunning..Congrats! ")
prophotoscot
 
prophotoscot October 14, 2014
A great shot at a fab location
prophotoscot
 
prophotoscot October 14, 2014
A great shot at a fab location
BRIN PRO+
 
BRIN October 15, 2014
Excellent work!
SamirV
 
SamirV October 15, 2014
Love it. Congratulations.
wolverine
 
wolverine September 14, 2015
Like!
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 October 09, 2015
Well deserved ! Beautiful capture and wonderful story behind it. Congrats!
davidwetzl
 
davidwetzl November 16, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
janetkeenartistteacher
 
janetkeenartistteacher July 08, 2016
I love these long exposures. they are dreamy. I am going to buy a neutral density filter so i can take some of the Rotorua lakes. I think they could also be good made into multiple e exposutres because it would make everything dreamy
Roxanne68
 
Roxanne68 September 06, 2017
Love this
MarleLew
 
MarleLew May 29, 2018
Beautiful! My Scottish ancestors came from Lewis Island, and my name is Lewis! So I really appreciate this photo. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

Behind The Lens

Location
This picture was taken in the Isle of Lewis, the largest island of the Western Isles or Outer Hebrides of Scotland. This spot is located in the north of the island, near the "Butt of Lewis" lighthouse.
Time
This picture was taken a couple of hours before the sunset in the middle of a marvelous storm
Lighting
As you can see, we have a situation of flat light. This helped a lot in managing the long exposure, as it was easier to control the exposure in this two minute exposure shot.
Equipment
The body was a Canon EOS 5D mkIII, that in my opinion is a really great camera. The lens was a Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21..in my opinion this is the absolute optical perfection, even if sometimes the manual focus could be tricky. Of course, a sturdy tripod was essential because you can imagine how windy was that cliff: my choice was for a Manfrotto 055XCPro3 with a geared head 410jr. I also used ND filters: my choiche was the Lee Big Stopper + a Lee 0.9 GND + an Heliopan polarizer.
Inspiration
Adventure. Since I saw this lighthouse on a map while I was sitting comfortably on the chair in my office, an inner voice kept saying to myself “You have to go there”.. Yes, probably I’m crazy, also because the result was two planes, a ferry boat and hundreds of miles by car just for this wonderful view...but I really think that it was worth it
Editing
Even if this shot was the result of a single exposure, I had to use Adobe Lightroom to straighten the horizon (lol) and to remove the blue cast from teh Lee Big Stopper.
In my camera bag
I really love to travel with light backpack, so in addition to the gear above I have only a spare lens (a Canon EF 16-35 f/2,8 II), some spare batteries, torches and a first aid kit.
Feedback
Be patient. Few minutes before this shot I was not able to get out of my car for the storm..and after less than an hour there were o a singlecloud on the sky: sometimes the perfect weather last only few minutes and you must be there!

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